PLANT LEVEL I & II INSTRUCTORS
J.R. Glascock – Lane Construction Corporation
J.R. will be returning to VECAT this year to cover Plant Safety for the Plant Level I classes. With nearly 15 years of experience overseeing safety in the construction industry, J.R. currently serves as Lane’s Corporate Safety Manager of Field Operations. He has been instrumental in helping Lane to greatly improve its safety program and performance by fostering a safety culture where people take ownership for, and value, safe work. J.R. holds dozens of safety and environmental certifications, including: Certified Occupational Safety Specialist designation; OSHA 500 Outreach Instructor; ATTSA traffic control supervisor basic and intermediate instructor; NSC first-aid and CPR instructor; and the Radiation Safety Officer designation.
John Hellyer – Luck Stone
John will also be returning to the VECAT Plant Level I classes to present on Stockpile Management and Loader Operations. John has served the construction industry since 1977, with the first 23 years dedicated to vertically integrated companies. These companies perform their own mining for aggregates to be used in hot mixed asphalt plants and ready mix concrete plants. During this phase of his career, John’s responsibilities in the construction division encompassed Highway Construction, Housing Developments, Site Work, Airports Construction and Military Bases. He is certified by The Asphalt Institute in Parking Lots Design, and Construction & Inspection of Hot-Mix Asphalt Pavements, by NAPA for Hot Mix Asphalt Design and Construction, and by The American Construction Inspectors Association for Asphalt and Concrete Paving Inspection among others.
Daniel Francisco – Astec, Inc.
Daniel will be back in the Plant I level class focusing his attention on How Asphalt Plants Actually Work. Currently serving as the Director of Services for Astec, Inc., Daniel has 24 years of experience with Astec, holding a range of positions including Electrician, Controls Lal Technician, Controls Service Technician, Assistant Controls Service Manager, and Controls Service Manager. He attended Chattanooga State Community College where he studied Information Systems and Electronics.
Mike Huner – Huner Consulting LLC
Mike is back for another year of Plant II instruction, helping to teach Production Mix Testing Requirements and Specifications. Mike has his Masters in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and a Professional Engineers License for the State of Alabama. Currently a member of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists and President of Huner Consulting LLC, VECAT is lucky to be able to use Mike’s extensive knowledge in the production of both the Plant Level I and Level II class workbooks.
Mike Dudley – Virginia Asphalt Association
Although Mike is new to the VAA staff, he brings a wealth of industry knowledge to VECAT’s Plant Level II class. Serving as VECAT’s Director of Technical Services, Mike will also be teaching the Production Mix Testing Requirements and Specifications section of class. Prior to coming to VAA, Mike was the Technical Development Manager for Hi-Tech Asphalt Solutions, and before that, he spent 7 years with Branscome Inc. as the Asphalt Quality Control Manager and Project Manager. Mike also has 13 years with VDOT where he started as a Construction Inspector, worked as an Asphalt Technician and rose to the Asphalt Laboratory Manager and an Asphalt Field Engineer at Virginia Transportation Research Council.
Michelle Teets – Lane Construction Corp.
Michelle joins the VECAT Plant Level I class this year to share her wealth of knowledge in plant and worker safety. Michelle is employed as one of Lane Construction Corporations’s Area Safety Managers, with territory covering the VA Beach and Hampton Roads areas. She is currently a member of the Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association. In 2013, Michelle was awarded the HCCA Robert Woodard Safety Professional of the Year, and has helped Lane Construction to be awarded the Safest Plant of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys traveling and being outdoors.
Angela Beyke – Virginia Department of Transportation
Angela returns to VECAT as both an instructor and an advisor for our Field and Plant schools. An Assistant Asphalt Program Manager for VDOT, one of VECAT’s partner organizations, Angela brings a tremendous amount of knowledge to our Plant Level II school, but will specifically be addressing VDOT’s MITS/PLAID database for this year’s class. Angela holds a BS in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, and dutifully follows the WVU football team in her off hours.
Trenton Clark – Virginia Asphalt Association
Trenton is the Director of Engineering for the Virginia Asphalt Association. Partnered with VAA since January 2011, he spent the previous 12 years with the Virginia Department of Transportation responsible for the technical activities of the association. He currently leads efforts related to specifications development and enhancement, pavement design issues, research, and technical training. He serves on several technical committees within Virginia as well as with the Transportation Research Board, National Center for Asphalt Technology and the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Trenton will have teaching responsibilities in all of the 2017 VECAT classes.
FIELD LEVEL I & II INSTRUCTORS
Andy Adamcik – Weiler
Andy will be joining the VECAT team this year to discuss Mix Delivery and Material Transfer Vehicles in our Asphalt Field Level I class. Andy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University, and currently serves as Marketing Manager and Central Territory Manager for Weiler. When he is not engaged in business-related commitments, Andy enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and anything related to motorsport
Rob Crandol – Virginia Department of Transportation
Back for assistance with both the Plant and Field Level I classes, Rob will serve as the VDOT representative for these programs and will also cover the topic of Project Communication. Rob is currently employed as an Assistant State Materials Engineer in VDOT’s Central Office Materials, Division where he is responsible for the statewide asphalt and pavement design & evaluation programs. He has been in this role January of 2015, but prior to this served in a variety of VDOT management and leadership roles across multiple disciplines such as construction, maintenance and operations. Rob received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and has done postgraduate coursework in several engineering disciplines. He is also a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia.
Lee Cole – Oldcastle Materials Group
Lee returns to VECAT for the 2017 class year to help cover Work Zone Safety for the Field Level I class. Currently serving as the Vice President of Environmental, Health & Safety for Oldcastle Materials Group in North America, his responsibilities include the oversight of the health and safety for approximately 22,000 employees operating in 44 states and Canada. Lee has over 39 years’ experience in the safety, health and environmental field and is certified by numerous organizations for Health and Safety and Environment Compliance. He currently serves on a variety of safety and environmental committees for industry trade associations such as National Asphalt Pavement Assoc., National Stone, Sand and Gravel Assoc., and ARTBA to name a few.
Kyle Hammon – Roadtec, Inc.
Kyle comes to VECAT from Roadtec, Inc where he holds the position of Product Manager for Mills and Stabilizer-Reclaimers. An Auburn University graduate and a member of the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association, Kyle will be sharing his knowledge on Milling for Quality with VECAT students.
Brian Horner – Etnyre
Brian has been employed by E. D. Etnyre Co, located in Oregon, IL for thirty years. He is currently a regional manager, responsible for sales, dealer management and customer training of all Etnyre products. Brian is bringing his extensive knowledge of Tack Coat Problems and Solutions to the VECAT Field Level I class.
Tracy Pendergrass – Weiler Products, Inc.
Tracy is the Southeast Territory Manager for Weiler, Inc. in West Monroe, LA. A Louisiana native and Louisiana Tech graduate, Tracy’s professional career includes 36 years in the Caterpillar Dealer Network. Tracy will be covering the topic of Mix Delivery and Material Transfer Vehicles for the VECAT Field Level I class.
Todd Mansell – Cat Paving
Todd joins the Field Level 1 class as a representative from Cat Paving covering the Paver Operations class session. Todd holds a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada, and an MBA from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. He is an active member in several industry organizations, including NAPA, AAPT, ISAP and CTAA (Canadian Technical Asphalt Association). In his precious spare time, Todd enjoys fishing, woodwork and building scale models of WWII aircraft and 1960s – 1970s muscle cars.
Tim Kowalski – Wirtgen America Inc.
Tim is the Applications Support Manager for Wirtgen America Inc. with Hamm rollers. He works closely with Wirtgen’s District Sales Managers; Dealers & Customers throughout North America, helping them understand Hamm products and processes to become more efficient and competitive. Tim has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Administration and a minor in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has been in the construction business for over 28 years, 17 of them working on the Quality Control of Asphalt, Aggregates, & Concrete. An active committee member in task groups for NCAT, NAPA, ASTM and in the States of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Colorado, Tim will bring his extensive knowledge to VECAT to focus on Joint Compaction and Roller Operations for the Field Level I class.
MIX DESIGN INSTRUCTORS
Danny Poole – Superior Paving Corp.
Danny brings many years of experience to our Mix Design class. With 31 years of industry experience behind him, Danny has spent 25 of those years with Superior Paving, spending the first 15 years as a lab technician, then the last 10 in quality assurance. His current role is Director of Quality Assurance for Superior. This will be Danny’s second year helping VECAT with the Mix Design School.
Ken Arthur – Boxley
Ken returns for a second year as co-instructor of the Mix Design school. Currently employed as Boxley’s Plants Operations Manager, Ken also splits his time as an estimator and Project Manager. Ken holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of North Caroline-Greensboro. He is the 2016/2017 President of the Board for the Virginia Asphalt Association and sits on the Board of Trustees for Patrick Henry Family Services. Ken is an avid outdoorsman, spending time away from work engaging in activities such as hunting, kayak fishing and camping with his wife and three children.
SURFACE TREATMENT & SLURRY SURFACE INSTRUCTORS
Ken Olsen – Slurry Pavers, Inc.
Ken is new to the VECAT staff and will be joining us this year to address the topic of work zone safety for both the Surface Treatment and Slurry Surfacing classes. Currently Slurry Pavers’ Director of Safety, Ken holds a BS in Safety Studies and Occupational Safety, and an AS in Chemical Dependency from Keene State College. Ken is a member of both the American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Safety College, and is certified as a Construction and Health Safety Technician. In his limited spare time, Ken enjoys playing with his three-year-old daughter, wood working, ice hockey, reading and golf.
Wilson Whitehurst – Whitehurst Paving
Wilson is a first-time instructor for VECAT and brings many years’ experience to our Surface Treatment class. Currently President of Whitehurst Paving Company, Wilson holds a BA from University of Virginia and an MBA from University of Richmond. Wilson is a member of Virginia Asphalt Association, Old Dominion Highway Contractors Association and Richmond Area Municipal Contractors Association. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, gardening and hiking.
Frank Harris – Carter Machinery, Inc.
Frank Harris will be joining VECAT as a first-time instructor. Frank is currently employed by Carter Machinery, and will be covering Calibration, Equipment and Construction Processes in the Surface Treatment class.
Chuck Ingram – Slurry Pavers, Inc.
Chuck will be joining VACAT this year for the first time, bringing a wealth of industry knowledge and specifically slurry surfacing to our program. Currently employed as a sales manager for Slurry Pavers, Chuck is a member of the International Slurry Surfacing Association, Virginia Asphalt Association, American Public Works Association, Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance and the County Engineers of MD. When not working, Chuck enjoys golfing, playing with his grandchildren, and traveling anywhere warm with his wife and best friend, Christina.
Debbi Deep – Ingevity
will be joining VECAT as a first-time instructor. Debbi is currently employed by Ingevity, and will be covering Slurry Surfacing Materials and Mix Design in the Slurry Surfacing School. Debbi comes to us holding a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. She is currently serving as the chairman for ISSA’s Slurry/Micro surfacing committee. In her free time, Debbi enjoys fishing and motorcycle riding.
Rex Eberly – Birgkamp,Inc.
Although Rex is a new instructor to the VECAT program, he also brings a wealth of Slurry Surfacing knowledge to the program. The Director of Global Sales for Birgkamp, Inc., Rex holds both an AS in Construction Science and Surveying from Kansas State Salina. He is currently the Board Secretary for the International Slurry Surfacing Association. In his spare time, Rex enjoys gardening and hiking.